Gearing up for the Summer


London 2012 is about as exciting as it gets when it comes to sport. The buzz is already alive and kicking, and that’s only set to increase as the Olympics draws ever closer. But on the flip side, there’s also likely to be a lot of disruption to your business.

But fear not. Aside from the fact that the impending chaos is more than likely a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, we’re bringing you our five top tips on handling travel and attendance this summer.


1. Resourcing needs

You need the right people, at the right place, at the right time to keep your business on track throughout the Olympics. Make sure you have a plan of who your critical workers are and where they’re going to be, and ensure they have everything they need to get the job done. Check your overall resourcing plan, and talk to us now if you need to cover any gaps.

2. Absence

Make sure your employees are clear on your absence policy well before the Games. Get teams to finalise holiday plans and cover at least a month in advance, and have a back-up plan in place to deal with the disruption of any unexpected absences.

3. Travel disruption

It’s estimated that the Games will result in a extra 20 million journeys around London alone. So if you’re based in or near the capital, or do a lot of business with organisations that are, you need to plan for travel disruption. The Olympics actually offers a great opportunity to explore alternatives to the daily commute; such as video conferencing and working from home.

4. Flexible working

Dust off your people policies to make sure you’re covered to meet changes to regular working patterns. Can you cope if team GB has a vital Gold Medal race in the middle of the working day? Can you stagger hours to give the greatest number of people the chance to watch? Can people work from home or offices close to home? Remote working might not be possible if you run a factory, or if your business is built on direct customer interaction, but there will be ways to ease the strain.

5. Eyes on the screen

There‘ll be some major moments across the Games that bring people together, so you need to decide what your internet policy is going to be. Will people be able to follow events through the media during work time? Decide what works for your business, then communicate this to your workplace so they’re completely clear. Just make sure this doesn’t discriminate against anyone, and reflects the fact that not everyone will be interested in the Games.

Download these handy top tips on Gearing up for the Summer.